Taiwan is highly vulnerable to an eventual Chinese air attack, which would also be more difficult for US intelligence to detect due to new surveillance tactics. beijing, according to leaked Pentagon documents cited Saturday by The Washington Post.
US officials Fear Taiwanese Air Defense Couldn’t “Accurately Detect Missile Launches” From China and respond to them effectively and quickly, according to these confidential files whose authenticity could not be independently verified by AFP.
Just over half of Taiwan’s air force could be used in combat, and moving some of these planes to shelters could take a week, the Post says based on these sources.
The documents are part of a series of document images posted on the Discord platform.
All those files of secret official communications were disseminated without authorization on the Internet by Jack Teixeira, a 21 year old US military. He was indicted Friday for these leaks during a federal court appearance in Boston.
The impact that this leak will have is still unknown, but some analysts have compared it to what the country experienced in 2013, when the former analyst Edward Snowden exposed the scope of the massive espionage programs that the United States carried out after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, assured this Saturday from Vietnam that the recent leaks of Pentagon documents, one of the largest in the last decade, “have not affected the relationship and cooperation with our allies.”